• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    WOW

    • Written by from Manchester

    First Day of the B&W MM-1 Speakers, they are punchy, sonically excellent & have the Bass to rock. They really bring the detail from the music, I have tried from AAC 128 to Lossless and and impressive performer, but they excel at MP3 320 and this is where most of my collection is ripped at.

    They are expensive so depends on how long your in front of the computer.

    144 of 153 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fabulous sound. Fantastic looking speakers.

    • Written by from HARLOW

    I'd been waiting for the MM-1s to be released for a few months now, and I wasn't disappointed.

    I actually replaced an old 2.1 system with these little B&Ws, because I wanted to lose the sub woofer and wires that were cluttering my desk. I'm genuinely stunned at the quality of sound that these little boxes can produce. The near-field sound is amazing, whack them up a bit, and the room is filled, go to the max, and you have desk thumping, distortion free sound that is ample for my fairly cavernous bedroom. It's incredible that so much quality output can come from two such tiny boxes.

    Other than the incredible sound (and build) quality, I love the fact that I can use the B&W pebble to drive iTunes; no more faffing with two remotes.

    Any grumbles? The right driver speaker seems to get quite warm, and they seem to take a moment to start up, but not worth dropping a star over. Definitely worth the money.

    91 of 100 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Impecable

    • Written by from Hartlepool

    I would have said Wow, I could have said Perfect, but others have beaten me to it. I have had SO many speakers over the years for my Mac's but none have quite made it. They either have too much/little Treble, too much/little Bass or are just plain awful. These are quite frankly, perfect. I need good quality speakers for the work I do which includes the editing of HQ material in Final Cut Studio but I also like to have an uncluttered and tidy setup. These little beauty's look as good as they sound and I feel like (in the words of Peter Kay) "I'm living the Dream".

    I also have the Zeppelin Mini that I use at the office with my MacBook Pro but although they sound fantastic too, they are no match for these and are easily worth the £100 upgrade.

    Anyone wanting to test speakers like these, just play James Taylor's Mexico at a reasonable volume and if that acoustic guitar doesn't make the hairs on the back of you're neck stand on end, they ain't the right speakers. These are quite literally the best sub £500 computer speakers you can buy.

    82 of 93 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Rivals Aston Martin quality

    • Written by from Cardiff

    I’ve only got 300 words: read this through and you'll save yourself a lot of time trying to decide whether these are worth spending the money on...

    I've got the Bang & Olufsen system in the Aston Martin DBS (14 speakers, 2 subwoofers) and I'm slightly (okay, very) embarrassed to say that I'm no longer impressed by this level and quality of sound anymore. The immense clarity and separation in these MM-1's far exceed what Bang & Olufsen have done, and yes that's despite it only being a 2.1 system!

    Don't make the mistake of going into a crowded Apple Store where other docks are on demo, there's usually so much noise that you won't be able to hear the speakers properly. Also, don't listen to them through a standard headphone jack either - this is really important, I made this mistake the first time round. I left without buying the speakers, and thought they were a rip off.

    What was happening was that it was taking the normal audio through your Mac and simply “amplifying” that sound. All computer speakers do this, they just take the audio, increase the volume, and shove it through the speakers. The MM-1's however need to be plugged in by USB, which bypasses your Mac's audio entirely, sends the music file to the speakers, where it processes the sound first.

    This is where all the separation, clarity and depth come in. Something which is simply not possible through a standard audio jack. The simple fact is that there is no other speaker system on the market which can compare to the sonic performance of these MM-1's. I've tried B&O BeoLab's, they're £1,000. I've tried the Harmon’s GLA-55, and they're £750. Both with far narrower frequency range, overpriced and certainly not as capable.

    If you want unrivalled clarity and pristine audio, with the lowest bassline possible from computer audio, in my opinion there simply is no other choice. Buy them now. I've told you what I'm used to ...if it's good enough for me, is it good enough for you??! :)

    52 of 65 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't forget to change the audio settings!

    • Written by from Brighton

    Bought these yesterday... and like everyone else I'm LOVING the sound - deep basses and clear treble... also they look mighty fine next to the imac :)

    HOWEVER... I spent a very frustrating hour or so thinking they weren't working as the documentation does not tell you that you that is is not just 'plug and play' - you will need to go into the audio settings and tell the mac that you want to use these speakers - this does not happen automatically. It's super easy once you know! :) Just thought I'd pass on the tip...

    Enjoy!

    41 of 45 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Unparalleled Audio Quality

    • Written by from Leicester

    First of all I would like to say that it is only worth spending £400 on a pair of pc speakers if you listen to music at high bit-rate (320kbps +) or lossless, listening to low bit-rate recordings just wouldn't do these speakers justice. That's because the quality of the mm-1s are so high that they make low bit-rate recordings sound worse.

    Now for the audio quality - If like me you have a large music collection with mostly high bit-rate recordings and a few lossless albums, you are in for a real treat, pc audio has never had it so good. When I first listened to my favourite songs on these speakers it was like listening to them for the first time! You can hear the instruments individually in an extremely wide dynamic range. Bass is punchy and tight. Trust me you will hear elements in a song that you've never heard before. I bought the P5 headphones back in august and was expecting these speakers to sound just as good, but they have blown me away and sound even better. The sound coming out of these speakers defies belief considering how small they are! They go as loud as say a Sony micro hi-fi system. I am so blown away by the audio quality that I am now re-ripping all of my audio CDs in lossless format.

    Watching movies and playing games, sound is very clean, especially spoken speech. Obviously due to the lack of a full size sub you will not get the ultimate movie or game experience, but the sound quality is so high that it is still highly enjoyable.

    These speakers are also very sexy and sophisticated looking, going for the same look as the Zeppelin iPod speaker range, black cloth with beautifully brushed aluminium and chrome.

    Go on! Treat yourself to the Bowers & Wilkins mm-1 pc speakers! These are the greatest dedicated PC speakers ever made! YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPPOINTED!!!

    28 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than Bose!

    • Written by from Hook

    Having upgraded from the Bose Companion 5 2.1 system to the MM-1's I can confirm how good the B&W's really are.

    I lived with the Bose for 2 years before comparing the system to my Zeppelin Mini - a good comparison as they both use USB and convert using their own on board DAC. I was stunned at how flat and lifeless the Bose speakers were. Sure they have plenty of bass and can go very loud without distortion but they lacked the subtlety and stereo image of the Zeppelin Mini.

    The MM-1s are a step change again over the Zep, they are more expansive, have more depth and better stereo image - a really immersive experience.

    There are some points to consider with these speakers though:

    First, they are all about quality and subtlety, yes they can go loud and the bass is impressive given their size but if you crave loud bass you might be left wanting more. These are a genuine HiFi product. They might even leave you unhappy with your main stereo system...

    Second, they will highlight the quality of your recordings. It is a revelation to upgrade to Lossless and hear what you have been missing. You won't be happy with lower bit rate recordings any more. Following the review above I am upgrading again to AIFF and loving it (but doubling the file size over Lossless).

    Finally, there is the grounding problem where you use headphones that require a 3.5mm adaptor. The noise is terrible, I thought my speakers were broken - it is a real design fault. They work perfectly with headphones that have a standard 3.5mm jack though.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply Stunning

    • Written by from Southgate

    The MM-1’s are simply stunning. This is real hi-fi for the desktop. An articulate and full-bodied base underpins a spacious acoustic to create a soundstage between and behind the speakers. The singer has good focus, and with the right material, a surprising stage-depth is revealed.

    Unfortunately, there was no way to experience any of this in the Apple Store. The MM-1’s were attached to an iPod via the aux input. These speakers (perhaps the onboard DAC and amplifier) are clearly optimised for USB, and the aux input simply doesn’t compete. I therefore purchased the MM-1’s on faith, based on my experience of the Zeppelin Mini that my son received for Christmas. As much as I admire the Mini (particularly using with an iPod), the MM-1’s are in a different league, with better dynamics, body and control. Spotify sounds great, Apple Lossless sounds better, and CD’s sound better still.

    Three tips: firstly expect to break the MM-1’s in over a couple of days before they open up; secondly, the MM-1’s soundstage better when the tweeters are elevated to ear height; thirdly, if you have played with your Apple midi-settings, set them back to the default 44.1K, 16-bit setting for a for a more dynamic sound.

    33 of 42 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor design= overheating and poor service from B&W and Apple

    • Written by from MACCLESFIELD

    I got these speakers tuesday, where as they do offfer good sound - it won't be for long as they overheat and effectively shutdown. Basically you can't have them in any shelf or enclosed area or too close to hifi/computer equipment as the right speaker (with the amplifier and power) gets too hot and shuts down. I phoned b&w about this issue they said speak to apple... of course when I try to return the speakers on the website "reason=defective" you get a "contact the manufacturer....
    So my advice is avoid if your going to be using them close to any hot equipement or in an enclosed space - wait till they improve the design to stop thew right speaker getting too hot.

    32 of 48 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Oh Boy do they rock

    • Written by from Didcot

    Read a lot of the reviews before taking the plunge on these babies but glad I did. Price aside they are the business with deep sounding base without the need of a sub woofer.
    The sound is just heaven, coming from the Harmon Kardon sound sticks (which are good for the money) these are just leaps and bounds ahead of other choices in the market. This includes the Bose system, which reading other reviews has eluded to being better but I strongly disagree after having a sound dock in the living room.
    The MM-1 is a far crisper and wider sounding system than the Bose, which replies on its Base to give a quality sound where the MM-1 seems to have the complete range licked.

    These speakers will also loosen up after hours of listening so the initial sound will only get better.

    If you have the budget, fancy treating yourself and have an ear for quality music then this is a sure bet to meeting those requirements - you won't be disappointed.

    Go get yourself a set today.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing - expensive but well worth it!

    • Written by from Harrow

    Just connected these up by USB (don't forget to change the sound source in settings from internal to MM-1) and am amazed at the sound coming from these tiny speakers! Went into the Apple Store and had a good listen and could tell straight away that they were better than anything else on display - and this was with the sound coming from an iPod Touch being played through the aux socket. Once I got home and connected them by USB I was blown away. The sound stage is just incredible and the smooth sound is very natural. Shame they are so expensive - but hey if you want the best you have to pay - if you have an iMac you know what I mean anyway!! Thoroughly recommend these as a 5 star purchase.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound

    • Written by from HELSINKI

    These little speakers have a rich detailed sound. Better than I have ever heard on small speakers.

    The only complaint is that if you use headphones that have a wider metallic connection-plug that can touch the metal back on the speakers when plugging them, it causes loud cracking (grounding problem). This can be avoided putting a piece of tape around speakers headphone output. This was something even the dealer didn't know about at first, we first thought the output was defected.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect

    • Written by from London

    The MM-1s arrived yesterday. An immediate test confirms these speakers deliver both detail and punch. My old subwoofer is not missed one bit. The units sit neatly on my desk but I can feel the bass through the floor. Audio connection via USB delivers a clear step up in quality from an audio jack input.

    Working at the desk will be much more pleasurable from now on. They look good too. Expensive vs. other choices, but defiinitely worth it if you want great sound from a small package.

    26 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely amazing

    • Written by from Malmö

    I got these yesterday and I am amazed, they are just fantastic. A whole new dimension in the music has opened up for me. Yes they are very expensive, but what a fantastic sound ! If I knew that I would have bought them a year ago.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Stunning Speakers

    • Written by from glossop

    Bought these to replace my expensive B&W hifi speakers as mi play music from my Mac now. Got these speakers out of the box, plugged them in and was seriously unimpressed. Scrathed my head a little then i read a review on here that mentioned making sure that you change the settings on your Mac from internal to MM1. I did this and was instantly floored by the sound emanating from these beautiful little speakers; truly beautiful revealing Hifi sound. Don't hesitate!

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply The Best

    • Written by from Ipswich

    My Bose Companion 5's have just been relegated to the pages of Ebay after purchasing a set of these. There really is no comparison.
    Sound quality is so clear and vibrant it really is music to the ears. Just cannot praise these speakers enough.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Oh my god!

    • Written by from Chigwell

    I was expecting these to be good but OMG! I was not expecting that! My jaw is still on the floor!
    Having just bought the B&W P5 headphones and being very impressed with those I decided to upgrade my Bose Companion 5's to these and words cannot describe how impressed I am. Yes the build quality is sublime as you would expect from Bowers, right down to the very clever way you can hide any surplus wire into the base of the unit. They are a little bigger than appear in pictures which I pleased about as they sit very nicely along side my 27inch iMac. The discreet controls and brushed alu look great and set up is a breeze.

    It handles the highs, lows and mids effortlessly and brings detail to life and gives an unbelievable soundstage especially when sat directly in front of your screen. And I've the added benefit of gaining back some floor space now I don't need a sub.

    I was nervous about spending this sort of money but yet again this proves you get what you pay for. I'm in danger of turning into a bit of a B&W fanboy what with my XT speakers, the P5 a Zep and a Zep mini but I simply cannot fault these and will go down as one of my nest buys ever - that's how good they are!

    21 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely amazing!!!

    • Written by from Tonbridge

    These computer speakers are absolutely amazing! Just simply unbeatable in terms of audio quality, the best set of speakers I have ever had!

    Pros:
    - Impeccable sound quality
    - The lead length is also relatively good too, not to long and not too short
    - Both USB and standard 3.5mm audio jack input
    - Small form factor, they hardly take up an entire desk like many others I've seen
    - The headphones port on the back truly does improve the sound quality as advertised!

    Cons:
    - The right speaker can get a little hot but I have not seen that affect their performance on little bit
    - They are not very room filling and only sound at their best a few feet away from you (but they are designed for that though)
    - They aren't exactly cheap at £405, but they are well and truly worth it!

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product from B&W

    • Written by from swansea

    This is my third computer speaker, frist set is JBL Creature 2.1(bad), second one is AEGO M 2.1(good for the price), now the MM-1 beats those two sets totally, high and controlled bass are excellent with USB onboard DAC. It is really good to use with iTunes!

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Stunning

    • Written by from WARRINGTON

    I had Bose Computer Music Monitors at £300. These were good, although I often heard a buzzing noise in the background due to a slightly loose cable fitting into the rear of the iMac. Not what I expected. They were loud as well. In fact louder than the BW mm1s. Where the MM1 stand out by a mile is the clarity of the music. I have heard little sounds in the music background that I have never heard before, even though I may have had the tracks concerned for years. I never heard them on the Bose. Breathtakingly beautiful and worth every penny. I feel after Harman sticks, Bose and many other speakers, at long long last I have what I have always wanted. Stunningly crystal clear sound!

    12 of 13 people found this useful